'He's like a brother to me.'

Reno Bighorns guard Isaiah Cousins shares support for former collegiate teammate and new Kings guard Buddy Hield.
by Stephanie Lovell

First meeting as teammates of the 2012 Oklahoma University Men’s Basketball team, the now Reno Bighorn and Sacramento Kings guards have been through it all.

Both leaving a mark early on in their Oklahoma University careers, they created a great friendship and support system.

“We’re just like best friends. Went through a lot at OU. We were roommates, been in the gym together, and done a lot of stuff together. He’s like a brother to me”, explains Cousins.

This past Sunday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs marked Hield’s sixth performance this season with 18-plus points in addition to tying his career record for assists with five. Since coming to Sacramento, Hield has continued displaying a strong presence on the court, averaging 13.7 points per game including 50% from the field and 85% from the free throw line.

In his own right, Cousins is shooting 44.2% from the field and 79.9% at the free throw line averaging 16.2 points with 5.4 rebounds and 4 assists per game with the Bighorns.

Despite no longer playing on the same team together, the two still keep up with each other and share support for one another whenever possible.

Cousins gladly expressed, “I’m happy for him that he’s in Sac. I think Sacramento is a good fit for him. He can just come here, play and just show how good of a player he is.”

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